Brian Setzer has announced a partnership with Edward Colver — the legendary Los Angeles photographer known as “The Eye of LA Punk” — for a special limited edition, numbered and signed printing of two photos which captured Setzer during his first Los Angeles performance with his acclaimed rockabilly trio, the Stray Cats.
The idea for the collaboration was sparked by Colver approachingSetzer with a couple of energetic black/white shots that he took ofSetzer performing with the Stray Cats at their very first show in Los Angeles at The Roxy in 1980 (pictured above and below). Now these two exceptional photos will be printed on 11/14″ 100% cotton rag archival paper in pigment ink, and will be autographed by both Setzer and Colver in pencil; this marks the first time Setzer or Colver have done any type of collaboration like this. There will be 100 limited edition numbered copies of each photo (200 total) to be sold for $800 each and can be purchased HERE.
“I love this picture by Edward — Stray Cats 1980,” says Setzer about the vertical photo (left). “I’m holding the guitar like a rifle pointing at the audience. That’s how we felt at the time. Take no prisoners!” Of the horizontal photo (above),Setzer recalls, “It looks like even during a hot sweaty gig, I took time to get the solo right!”
Photographer Edward Colver says: “For The Stray Cats’ first Los Angeles gig in 1980, I was there with my camera. I shot 29 frames of a 36 exposure roll of Kodak Tri-X black & white film. These two frames of Brian Setzer are from that night. One is quite well-known, the other relatively unseen.” He adds: “Their show was amazing, with talent, musicianship and charisma to burn. Also evident that evening was a great understanding of American music. I’m honored for this collaboration with a multiple Grammy-winning American music icon.”